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  1. 51 points
    Ho Lee Grail, Ho Lee Chit! Thankfully I have a garden large enough to wander and wonder at the beauty and variability of the various species of plants. Every now and then an event happens that well......, takes one's breath away. This Lemurophoenix has decided to come out of it's shell. It has held it's leaf sheaths for years now and they finally gave way to reveal the most spectacular display, in a large way, of mauve, purple, and pink. Planted almost 12 years to the day from a 3 gallon, it was certainly worth the wait. Now, where's that bus, I'm ready to be run over. Tim
  2. 50 points
    When I first joined this forum I didn’t know because I was too far gone. But I was going through bad depression because of work. I was drinking heavily but also obsessed with palms. I was using palms and this forum as a way to feel better. I’m very thankful for that. And this. Iam doing amazing as I got a new job within the company. (Huge company) I’ve taken on reef tanks again. As I did as a youngster. Thank you to everyone for your support. Thanks for the love. The YouTube support. My palms are doing well indoors here in southern Ontario. I did loose a few seedlings this winter as I have been taking care of my family. My parrots and my reef tanks. But I do get some dm as people ask me for advice for indoor northern growing and it makes me feel great!! I know I’m not on a lot. But I just want to say thank you to everyone for helping me get through a hard time in my life ! rob
  3. 41 points
    Pretty standard 1/4 acre. Lots of palm density. I left a few genus out of my list like Jubaeopsis and Polyandrococcos. Here are a few garden shots...
  4. 41 points
    Not really any info here, my garden has suffered several disheartening losses lately, plus Covid-19 and wildfire blues, just some encouraging images,
  5. 40 points
    A few more..... Tim
  6. 40 points
    Here’s my front yard from my front door.
  7. 38 points
    As hard as you try, it is almost impossible to give that little one gal enough room when you first put it in the ground. It seemed like only yesterday for this Beccariophoenix alfredii.
  8. 38 points
    I'm in West Palm for an interview so I wanted to stop by Pete Balasky's Beccariophoenix alfredii on the way. It's doing well! It's got 4 feet of trunk now, and the trunk is a bit over 60 inches in circumference at 4 feet. Shouldn't be long until it starts flowering. Here are pics: The rope on the tree is holding up the Copernicia macroglossa nearby that's leaning away.
  9. 37 points
    I planted my beccariophoenix alfredii October 16th 2011. It was a tall one gallon. I wouldn’t call it fast at all but it’s gone from about 1 foot to about 15 feet. Post em if you got em
  10. 36 points
    This is my largest of 3x Tahina. please post yours with Dr Balasky for scale
  11. 36 points
    Good afternoon! Today I saw a Variegated Washingtonia in Tempe Arizona, in front of someone’s business. First one I’ve seen in person randomly around. Enjoy.
  12. 36 points
    I have no wish to bring up the 800 lb gorilla sitting in most of our living rooms. My father was in the FBI so I grew up with 800 lb gorillas. Suffice it to say my husband and I are old and afflicted with conditions and ailments (type A blood anyone?) that render us both high risk. So, voluntarily, we have self-quarantined at our home on one of the larger residential properties in Cape Coral (0.61 acre - don't laugh). But we are blessed to be surrounded by 100s of my beloved palms and tropical plants that provide a cooling oasis and privacy. It's so restful to work in the yard, lots to be done to take my mind off the woes of the world. I thought I'd take some time to share photos of our little palm paradise as it looks like we won't be going anywhere for a while. I started outside the front door and continued into our 3-lot Garden Lot, which is fully planted except for our 10x16' garden shed. Blue & Red Latans Blue Latan Red Latan Sabal minor Blountstown Dwarf x2 in planter box Northern edge of Garden Lot Allagoptera brevicaulis Agave ovatifolia Views from inside the Garden Lot More later
  13. 35 points
    Just had the chance to explore some of the mainland Nikau Habitat on the West Coast of the South Island, and collect some seed. Never spent much time looking into this palm in habitat but it's incredible the variation depending on location, above/below canopy, and distance to the coast. Underneath the canopy they spread very wide, almost like Coconut or bangalows... there was many with green fronds below horizontal. After getting above canopy they turn into the typical shuttlecock shape. Also amazing to see hundreds of seedlings like grass around some really old ones in the forest. Enjoy..
  14. 35 points
    Hi, here is my Brahea armata. Planted from pot to the ground 13 years ago, in 2006. Last winter was the first time ever with zero protection at all. The coldest temperature of Winter 2018-2019 here in the City of Basel was only – 4 °C (February). April 2006 April 2019, with me for scale hands up
  15. 35 points
    Yesterday, thanks to International Palm Society members Darold Petty and Steve Klocksiem, I had the chance to visit the late Jack Dane's garden in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood. Wow! The biggest Juania australis I've seen flanks the back of the house and is paired with a tall, adult, staminate specimen of a Ceroxylon species I couldn't identify; a Livistona fulva rosette grows at the Juania's base. A self-sowing grove of nikau palms, Rhopalostylis sapida, proliferates, while a nice little clump of Laccospadix australasica occupies the shady center of this typically tiny San Francisco back yard, maybe 25ft / 7.6m wide an 40ft / 12.2m deep. There's a very nice Rhopalostylis baueri and possibly another buried in there. A huge, robust Livistona species overtops all the palm trees in the garden, and a Ceroxylon quindiuense (semi-plumose type similar to those from Tenerife, Valle del Cauca in the San Francisco Botanical Garden collected by Garrin Fullington in the late 1970s) is still in a rosette with huge leaves in the shade. Plus, a few Chamaedorea and a couple of Howea forsteriana clumps are scattered about. Also of interest are the rather tall Cyathea / Sphaeropteris medullaris and S. cooperi tree ferns. Enjoy the photos! Any advice on dealing with the alarming scar on the Juania trunk is welcome. - Jason Juania australis & Livistona fulva Juania & Ceroxylon (right) Rhopalostylis sapida (mostly) and Livistona sp. (australis?) Rhopalostylis seedlings Ceroxylon sp.—a flowering-age male Rhopalostylis baueri, R. sapida, and Livistona sp. Same species as above. Possible Rhopalostylis baueri next to Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Juania australis trunk scar with Rhopalostylis baueri at left Juania australis crown, upward view Juania trunk again Juania trunk Photo posted at right, Rhopalostylis baueri, R. sapida, Livistona, Laccospadix
  16. 34 points
    I have been growing many palm species from seed in the Arizona desert,for the last 25 years. Knowing that it takes me 15 years of growing under my extreme conditions just to produce a nice 5 gallon Coccothrinax,it was a no brainer to just pick this one up,when a local nursery brought in 18 of these old man palms. As of today,only 9 left... aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  17. 34 points
    I drove past a wholesale nursery south of Vero Beach yesterday with a section of Beccariophoenix alfredii. I know quite a few nurseries in Florida are field growing them now but I had never seen one. The most B. alfredii I have ever seen at one time.
  18. 34 points
    We have 3 Tahinas..this is the largest as it obviously loving the water Peter Balasky and Luke Dollar and of course..Rascal and the girls for size Dr Balasky and Luke Dollar are committed to improving life and conservation in Madagascar through education...and the building of schools. we were discussing the next project which is to add a library to a educational complex that includes primary...middle and high school
  19. 33 points
    Insane, really have to love palms to own this many beast. Just a fraction of the population. This area is the lowest, wettest part of my yard, a perfect place for them.
  20. 32 points
    Feeling so fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit this island!
  21. 32 points
    When I saw this, I thought I was going to need a pacemaker. In all my years looking at palm parts and pieces, I have never seen anything quite like it. John Hovancsek and I were going through the garden when I removed an old leaf sheath off this Dypsis basilonga only to reveal the first spathe since planting. In this case, a picture is worth much more than a thousand words. Tim
  22. 32 points
    After all these years I finally made a visit to Dave’s Jardin de Palmas. WoW! Beautiful specimens. I picked up 6 palms While there (3 C Radicalis tree form, Spindle, A. Maxima, Dypsis Lafamanzanga). A few pictures. Thank you Dave! Pritchardia Jubaeopsis Cafra R Oleracea with Chamies to the left. R Regia - I think this one has the moniker of "Spanky" ala Our Gang Licaula Tri-Bear Watermelon Massive Panoramic view Dypsis among the Chambeyronia
  23. 32 points
    I posted this same view off my lanai for a previous Independence Day. I didn't think you needed to be an American to appreciate it. I guess it is the Aussie colors as well. At any rate, it seems to be especially colorful every year at this time. Who needs fireworks anyway? Happy 4th to my fellow Americans!
  24. 32 points
    Lastly... the obligatory sunset pics...
  25. 31 points
    Many of you order from Floribunda, but mine was a relatively large order so I thought you might find it interesting to see my relatively large delivery. The reason it was large was because: 1) I'm completely redoing my yard front & back. 2) I like the "multiple" look with some of these. 3) My parents and sister would like some plants as well. 4) I'm paranoid I'm going to kill some of them, so ordered more than I need to "hedge my bets". Worst case I'll sell or trade the extra plants. Experience was same as has been described by others... Filled out the order form from website stock, got a call from Jeff to review the order (and get to know me), paid for plants before they shipped, and shipping/handling after they arrived (S&H was approx 35% of plant cost, which is fair considering most were in pots). Upon arrival I carefully unpacked the plants (which were packed amazingly well) and lined them up for their photoshoot. I used a ruler so I could track growth and measured the nicest plant of each type. Ruler was in 3-inch increments, measured from the TOP of the pot (not the ground). I'll post the photos here in case it's helpful for anyone else planning a Floribunda order (or "palm porn" for the rest of us). Night shots just to be different ;-) * If replying about a specific plant, try to include only that plant in your reply and delete the others (if you can). I'm curious if any comments. For me the "Pinanga Javana" was the biggest surprise (only 4" but HUGE). We repotted some of these already, and are excited to watch them grow over the years. Group photo: Bentinckia condapanna (1g): Burretiokentia vielillardii (1g): Chuniophoenix hainanensis (4"): Clinostigma savoryanum (4"): Cyphophoenix nucele (4"): Cyphosperma balansae (1g): Dypsis baronii (1g): Dypsis baronii “black stem” (seedlings) & Dypsis "lafamazanga" (seedlings): Dypsis lanceolata (1g): Dypsis leptocheilos (1g): Dypsis "maroantsetra" (1g): Dypsis onilahensis “weepy” (4"): Dypsis "orange crush" (1g): Dypsis pembana (1g): Dypsis saintelucei (1g): Euterpe edulis “orange crownshaft” (1g): Licuala distans (4"): Pinanga coronata (1g): Pinanga javana (4"): Pinanga philippinensis (1g): Pritchardia martii (4"): Verschaffeltia splendida (4"): Enjoy!
  26. 31 points
    Thought I might share a few pictures of my jungle!
  27. 31 points
    "You know you are a palm nut when..." - ... you have palm seeds germinating in your car's cup holder. - ... there are coconuts rolling around in the bed of your truck and you don't remember where you got them. - ... you take a palm book with you on a long flight. - ... you have a bucket of common palm seed in the back of your car, along with all the groceries. - ... you bring a wagon, wheel barrow, cart with you to a palm sale, along with a cooler loaded with a day's worth of drinks. - ... you take 75 photos of the same palm. - ... your pocket list of the species you have is replaced by a list of the species you want. - ... your pocket list of the species you want is replaced by nothing, because you have it memorized. - ... you've knocked on a stranger's door asking to collect seed from their yard. - ... you have given a palm as a birthday gift. - ... you have received a palm as a birthday gift. - ... you stop to identify a palm while riding your bike. - ... you bought a palm because it looked cool, only to find you have four more like it at home. - ... you have created your own style of hieroglyphic writing to identify the origins of all your palm seed via their tags. - ... you have a 1-gallon palm sitting within the rim of a 7-gallon palm which is sitting within the rim of a 25-gallon palm. - ... you need to use a flashlight to give a tour of your yard, at two o'clock in the afternoon. - ... the utility meter reader is scared to death of entering your property. - ... you've had to pull a dead animal from the spines of your heavily armed palm. - ... you've had to pull yourself from the spines of your heavily armed palm. - ... you have forgotten where you have planted a certain specimen. - ... you find a palm in your yard you do not remember planting. - ... you clean out the marginal area between your yard and your neighbor's only to find seedlings of ten different species. - ... after the garden tour, you need to draw a map to get the attendees to the exit. - ... the space between your potted palms has shrunk to zero. - ... the seedlings popping up in the yard, belong to a mature tree above, which was once a seedling itself, belonging to an even taller palm higher up. - ... you dream of palms, awake and while sleeping. - ... you can see the crown of your climbing palm and have no idea where it is planted. - ... you have generations of hybrid palms creating themselves in your yard. - ... you can't find the tags you used to label your palms, because they were replaced by another system of tags which you cannot find either. - ... your cold sensitive palms are better protected than your pets. - ... you have created a custom moving system to transport your oversized Red Sealing Wax Palm indoors and away from the cold. - ... you have no hot water because it's been diverted outside to heat your yard. - ... you have Christmas lights around your palms, weeks after December. - ... you talk to your palms and hope they don't talk back. I could keep going, but I gotta eat. Ryan
  28. 31 points
    I badly wanted to cross the river to get some under canopy photos but couldn't face wet clothes for the long journey ahead. But finally I gave in and found a nice grove and went and got these photos. Jaw droppingly beautiful to be inside a grove like this with towering old Nikaus and their millions of offspring underneath. As observed / mentioned before - these have a very Howea Forsteriana look when under canopy.
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  30. 31 points
    Dear Fellow Palm Talkers, I received word from Cindy Adair that she survived Hurricane Maria and is doing fine in Puerto Rico. She has no electric power, internet or phone connection, but she is upbeat and asked me to convey to the PalmTalk forum that she is OK.
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  32. 30 points
    Well, as many of you know, the dypsis decipiens I had growing in my yard for over 20 years was just getting too big. i tried to sell it with no offers so I gave it away to the first guy who would move it to a happy place. Gary Gragg offered to move it to his ranch in the Sacramento valley where the climate is similar to Modesto . Here is a photo some 9 months after transplanting.... it looks to be a success!
  33. 30 points
    Not suppose to leave the compound so did a little walk around.
  34. 30 points
    My C. Mac has busted through my roof. When I built my entry way I was sure to add a nice opening for it to one day grow through. Looking good with some backlighting today.
  35. 30 points
    Just back from a week of exploration in the Kahurangi National Park-New Zealand and wanted to share the beauty of the place...Dream on!!!
  36. 30 points
    P. martii, one beautiful palm. They're getting some size to them now and the leaves are just crazy. The one pic is of the hastula on the front of the leaf. Tim
  37. 29 points
    I germinated these from seeds in 2006. I can’t believe how cool they’ve turned out.
  38. 29 points
    These are the palms around my yard, most of the big ones my mom planted in the 70s or 80s. I've been enhancing the collection with stuff from all over, I visited Jungle Music in San Diego and got quite a few things there, just did a order from Floribunda, also I have a big collection of south american tropicals from the andes and amazon. Well without further adieu here's some of my best shots...Most are gonna be from before the freeze Ill post more as I find em.
  39. 29 points
    This thing is loving the heat.
  40. 29 points
    As everyone knows, 2020 was a crappy year. Here in the states, the covid stuff in conjunction with the election meant every possible subject was divisive and polarized. I think it’s really cool that throughout - I’d come and read palmtalk and find a total absence of that. Throughout the year, I’ve seen photos of gardens and noticed Joe Biden or Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter signs in a small corner of the photo (by virtue of being in front of a home). I’ve noticed subtle comments that indicate that some people are conservatives and some are liberal. Some people appear to be afraid of covid, others frustrated more by government measures. Despite all of this, however, this forum has remained essentially neutral ground. We are here because we love palms and sharing our information and our passion. I know that if I don’t want to hear this side or that get riled up about something, and I just want to know more about cool plants I like and other people’s experiences growing them, I can come here to be free from that. It’s cool that there is this small group of people representing a fraction of the global population who is still cohesive over the things they love rather than the things that piss them off. This forum, the people who use it and the information contained within has been a real bright spot in an otherwise dark year. Figured I’d drop this thought here.
  41. 29 points
    This deserves an update! Since being planted at knee to waist high, the specimens pictured in the first post are now right at my head height, with some over my head (~6').....in only 20 months!!!!!!! They've been through: couple Tropical Storms frost on several occasions (light to heavy) 32F-35F multiple times Below 32F a handful of mornings (lowest is 27F) *three smaller specimens in the back are more recent additions to this grouping (added in Feb2020)
  42. 29 points
    This is one of those Southern California winter days that’s so glorious it’s like a happy hallucination. Nice to get out of the house. Houses are really great, especially when surrounded by a palm garden. They’re really nice to live in, of course, but it’s also cool to be able to get up on the roof and reacquaint oneself with palms that have gotten tall. And, Happy Holidays to all! Here are the tall Teddy Bears, Dypsis leptocheilos.
  43. 29 points
    My Satakentia has about 3’ of clear trunk now. Doesn’t seem to muster up much purple color but it’s still a very pretty palm.
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  45. 28 points
    Gday everyone, well we’ve made the move from the Capital ( Brisbane ) upto cairns to start a new chapter and a new garden, anyways been catching up with friends here’s Harry’s place ( Fanpalm ) enjoy I’ve already posted on the fb palm page but happy to answer and IDs as I’ll just post pics for now
  46. 28 points
    It was sometime in the early 80s when I saw my first Dypsis "Mealy Bug." The palm world was a buzz with a few new palms discovered and brought into cultivation, and showing promise for an ability to grow in more temperate climates. Difficult to find and buy, this palm epitomized the soon to be explosion of interest in the amazing palms of Madagascar and of palm growing and collecting in general. Fast forward 40 years and I never thought I would see the day where a beautiful example of this palm would pop up in a Lowes. Now it is in Hawaii, and it is labeled wrong as a "Dark Mealy Bug" (which is another rare Malagasy palm), but there are fewer rare palms growing here in Hawaii than are being tried in California and other marginal areas. So it still stuck me as somewhat of a milestone that other long time collectors might also appreciate.
  47. 28 points
    Hi everyone, I’ve been here a while but never posted much just taking advice from posts and admiring other gardens and palm collections! I’ve been working on my garden now for 4 years, when we purchased the property it was full of dead almond trees and we had to get a tractor in to clear the plot and access the house. It’s still very young garden and being so big it takes some doing but I’m hoping it will start to fill in as it matures. I thought I would load some photos as it is now. If you would like to see the progress I have an Instagram account dedicated to gardening which is TropicalGardenSpain. Would love people to comment what palms I am missing here! Climate zone 10a we don’t have frosts but temperatures can drop briefly to 0c for an hour or 2 coldest nights in winter but days can be up to 15-20c and we have dry winters and summers. Watering the garden and keeping on top of it is the toughest jobs and one I will be tackling this year!
  48. 28 points
    Had the chance to visit Gore bay near Christchurch. Was amazed at the variety of sensitive palms growing there near the sea - reminded me of coastal California. The bangalows and Nikau looked especially healthy which was great. This particular day demonstrated classic coastal Canterbury conditions with a cool seabreeze moderating the temperature near the coast (around 26 degrees C) yet after driving over the hills into the inland valleys, the temperature was in the mid 30's C, very dry and ideal wine growing conditions.
  49. 28 points
    I try to take photos of our yard every New Year's Day. I usually start great guns in our back yard jungle but often get sidetracked by my daily bucket list before I complete the whole 0.61 ac Paradise. This year I hope to be more diligent. Uh-huh. I started with general views of the jungle beginning from the vacant lot across the canal. World's Smallest Jungle, Cape Coral, FL 2021
  50. 28 points
    Got a Facebook Memory from 3 years ago when I was about 6 months into my Palm / Plants Craze, and its kind of crazy how fast my knowledge and new Passion has taken me. And how I really need to buy another Place so I can start on my next Garden ! I still got the backyard to finish but thought I would share. Enjoy

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